Latest Abortion controversy News

Mississippi appeal seeks to revive 15-week abortion ban

Dec. 17, 2018 6:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is trying to revive one the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. The state's Democratic attorney general, Jim Hood, filed a notice of appeal Monday in support of a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. The law was signed in March by...

Fate of Kansas' ban on telemedicine abortions uncertain

Dec. 14, 2018 7:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas clinics still don't know whether it will be legal for them to offer telemedicine abortions in January even though a state-court judge on Friday derided an upcoming ban as an "air ball" that can't stop doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to patients they don't see in...

The Latest: Kansas telemedicine abortion ban's fate in doubt

Dec. 14, 2018 5:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over banning telemedicine abortions in Kansas (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A Kansas law meant to ban telemedicine abortions has become entangled in larger court battles over abortion and the legality of the practice remains in doubt. A state court judge...

Ohio lawmakers send Kasich pair of new abortion restrictions

Dec. 14, 2018 5:52 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature sent Ohio Gov. John Kasich a pair of new abortion restrictions on Friday, including legislation banning terminations at the first detectable fetal heartbeat that he's vowed to veto. Following marathon lame-duck votes that lasted into the wee hours, Ohio...

Arkansas lawmakers eye more abortion restriction next year

Dec. 14, 2018 5:34 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state's past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights. Two abortion measures have already been filed ahead of...

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Dec. 13, 2018 4:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies. Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV,...

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

Dec. 13, 2018 12:55 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or incoming Democratic...

Hues and cries: The colors of protests around the world

Dec. 12, 2018 9:55 AM EST

When you're an activist seeking a way to convey a complex message in a complicated world, you need a hook — something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresting way. So what's more elemental than associating yourself with a specific color? Just as recent demonstrations...

Nashville's only abortion clinic suspends abortion services

Dec. 10, 2018 6:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Women seeking abortions in Nashville will now have to travel hours outside the city after the only clinic offering abortions in the region has temporarily halted its services. Tereva Parham, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, confirmed Monday...

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

Dec. 10, 2018 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an...